retrofuturist wrote:I'm just wondering if for a layperson there's any difference in how they should address a samanera (novice) compared to a fully-fledged bhikkhu?
In Sri Lanka, where people don't distinguish much between samaneras and bhikkhus (i.e. in many cases few people know whether a certain monk is one or the other), the manner of address is usually the same as for a bhikkhu: 'bhante'.
Everywhere else they're just addressed as 'samanera' (in Thai 'saamanen' or 'nen' for short) or by their name.
Khandhānaṃ rāsaṭṭhaṃ, āyatanānaṃ āyatanaṭṭhaṃ,
Dhātūnaṃ suññaṭṭhaṃ, indriyānaṃ adhipatiyaṭṭhaṃ,
Saccānaṃ tathaṭṭhaṃ aviditaṃ karotītipi ‘avijjā’.
It prevents knowing the meaning of heap in the aggregates, the meaning of actuating in the sense-bases, the meaning of voidness in the elements, the meaning of predominance in the faculties, and the meaning of suchness in the truths, thus it is called ‘ignorance’.
(Visuddhimagga XVII. 43)